Oh, you weren't discussing beautifully bound, large format photography books that class up your living room? Well, this first look at Invitation to Openness just might turn your conversation around. This collection of McCann's personal photography highlighting the world of jazz is elegantly packaged and designed by our own Jacob Covey. Due out in March, the book is ready for your pre-order now!
We got in our morning workout with the advance arrival of Alexander Theroux's newest and by far heftiest book, Collected Poems. At 672 pages, this is a book to take in small doses, like spare sips of a fine wine. With a huge variety in form and length, this compilation of Theroux's poetry has a diverse palate and promises to be a major literary event of 2015.
Jazz erupted onto the American music landscape in the 1900s, evolving rapidly and spreading internationally like wildfire. Les McCann, an American soul jazz musician whose first major album Swiss Movement was a huge Billboard pop chart success, always had a 35mm camera close at hand to capture candids of dozens of jazz artists, both on stage and off. This never-before-seen treasure trove of images provides a unique insider's perspective into the world of jazz and is collected here in Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980.
Curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams, Invitation to Openness includes a foreword by A. Scott Galloway, an interview with McCann, and plenty of additional commentary, footnotes, and captions besides. We've included the full foreword, the first two pages of Thomas' interview, and a half dozen examples of McCann's photography in our 19-page downloadable excerpt.
Alexander Theroux is an award-winning writer whose notable achievements include the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Clifton Fadimon Medal for Fiction, a Fulbright Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the "Sheriff of Bullet Valley." Fortified by the know-how he's gained watching Hollywood Westerns, our ever-intrepid Duck sets out to solve the perplexing mystery of how Blacksnake McSquirt's brand keeps showing up on the cattle of the honest ranchers. Sheriff of Bullet Valley is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Each story is complete with all the original artwork (no panels have been dropped or altered). Bonus: Donald's always-exasperating cousin Gladstone Gander returns in, um, "Gladstone Returns." All stories written and drawn by Disney legend Carl Barks!
It's a beautiful day to be taking in the bright, bold coloring and clean linework of comics giant Steve Ditko. We've received our advances of the fifth volume in The Steve Ditko Archives, lovingly edited by Blake Bell. Entitled Dripping with Fear, the book features over 200 full-color pages, essays, and extras highlighting the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with famed fetish artist and art-school colleague Eric Stanton.
In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The first set was issued on April 15, 1954, at the very first home game for the modern day Baltimore Orioles.
The illustrations by Mullin were for years thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition of "Casey at the Bat." This edition will include additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet" from 1953 and the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" from 1947. With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages.
Behold! Advance copies of Johnny Ryan's latest collection, Angry Youth Comix, have graced our office. This is a book that, at first glance, would fit seamlessly amongst the great classics in literature in one's personal library—which just delights us to no end!
Our amazing designer Keeli has really outshone herself with this book, we think you'll agree. It's so damn beautiful it makes us wanna cuss! Angry Youth Comix is slated to invade a bookstore near you this March, so pre-order your copy now. Video and photoset previews will be coming up in the following weeks!
Bullets are flying in Bullet Valley! In other words, advance copies of our next Carl Barks book, Sheriff of Bullet Valley, have arrived at the Fantagraphics office, to much celebratory hollerin'. With such page-popping colors and wild wild west-style adventures, it's been impossible not to dig in.
Continuing our highly praised series cataloguing and exploring Steve Ditko's extensive, decades-long portfolio of work, Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 features another 200+ pages of meticulously restored, full-color artwork, featuring the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with fetish artist Eric Stanton.
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